I have been remiss in not telling all my children waiting back home how much I love and miss them. Ethan, Phoebe, Leanore, Sophie, Holly, and Trudy you are very special gifts from the Lord for me and your mother and we can't imagine our lives without you. Thank You so very much for your love, kindness and patience while waiting for us to return. This post is for you!
We got two wonderful additions to the family (Alina & Vitaly for those of you just getting here) yesterday on Friday the 15th of July. If you're reading our blog, you've probably heard this story many times before, and while it is similar to others, it is different because it is our story.
|Last time on the orphanage grounds, bye bye|
It was hot from the beginning of the day as Mary and I got up early and got ready, the backpack was already packed with the kids gotcha clothes; we had some little things for them and the camera with extra charged battery, and then we were picked up, and rushed around, and waited...and waited...and... waited some more. It seemed like at every step we weren't really needed (but we were there just in case) which makes it frustrating (because you want to help speed it up but there's nothing you can do) and it was a very long day. After we got our court documents we were informed that they were working on getting us the expedited passports, but that things weren't looking good for that.
Both kids were born here in the city, which saved us some travel, but we still had to go to two different local government offices to get their birth certificates done. We got to the first one and waited for a bit, (sidenote: there was a turf war ongoing, one big dog kept coming into the local packs territory and when a dog would see him they'd start barking, 10-12 other dogs would come running from all around and then they'd chase the big dog off, this went on for about 30 minutes until a young lad of about 12 chased them all off) then they said to come back in an hour, so we headed out to the other office.
|Tolly enjoys the ride...|
|At the park by the passport office|
After looking at them, the PO decided that they weren't good enough, hooboy, we went around and around with the kids, Tolly did not want to sit in the photo chair for anything, and Alina just doesn't like to look up at you except when she wants too (which wasn't yesterday.) I wound up taking Tolly for short walks trying to calm him down, everybody in the PO knew what was going on, but every time I'd take him outside people must have thought I was strangling the poor boy cause he was screaming bloody murder, seriously, he did not want his picture taken. Finally "L" one of our interpreter/driver's used that mother's touch and talked him into calming down enough to get a photo taken, (we still say the ones we provided were better, but eh, that's the way it goes.)
|Are we there yet?|
|Near the end of a long day...|
All in All, we've been praying for expedited passports and a smooth transition. Last night the Spirit showed Mary (and to a lesser extent Me as well) why our prayer for expedited passports wasn't granted. Two hours a day with the children, even 7 weeks worth, is not the same thing as being their constant companions and parents for 24 hours a day, every day of the year. The last 36 hours have been some of the hardest hours of my life, and yet, at the same time they have also been the most rewarding. If we'd gotten the passports and jumped on a train yesterday or today, the whole trip getting home would have likely been horrible; now as we get to know the children even better, we're confident that we will have a better trip home. And while we miss our other children dearly, we believe that the Lord knows what is best for us.
|Better than TV...|
Slava Bolgu and hope to see you all soon!